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Hope these pics are of interest for the Show Us Yours page, just a few photos of my stable ‘as-was’ and ‘as-is’ now! I purchased the red 1100FD in 2013 needing a restoration, the blue 1100FD in 2014 needing an engine rebuild, and the 1100RC in 2015 having already been completely restored.
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The blue FD was restored and back on the road by the end of 2014 so I had the choice of the blue 1100FD or the 1100RC during the summer of 2015. I enjoyed owning these bikes immensely until last Christmas when I was struck down with a medical condition that meant I was now out of work and with the prognosis that I will never regain enough fitness to ride again. So now the RC and the blue FD have been sold and the red F is finally stripped and in storage waiting for the day I can physically work on it and afford to restore it to factory condition.
When I knew I had to sell up I just couldn’t bear to part with the red one as it was my first 1100 and I have been collecting many rare new old stock parts for its restoration for many years now. In the meantime I have a new project picked up from eBay on a whim: it’s the proverbial ‘barn find’ bike from France and having only done what appears to be a genuine 1100km and is totally original.
I had a white MB50 as my first bike many years ago so I just couldn’t resist this white MB80. It will be getting a sympathetic restoration over the next year by which time I hope to be recovered enough to ride it. It’s smaller than I’m used to but at least it will mean I can get back on two wheels!
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